Supreme Court of Canada

Local nameSupreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada is the highest court in the judicial system of Canada. It comprises nine justices, whose decisions are the ultimate application of Canadian law, and grants permission to between 40 and 75 litigants each year to appeal decisions rendered by provincial, territorial and federal appellate courts. The Supreme Court is bijural, hearing cases from two major legal traditions and bilingual, hearing cases in both official languages of Canada.

The effects of any judicial decision on the common law, on the interpretation of statutes, or on any other application of law, can, in effect, be nullified by legislation, unless the particular decision of the court in question involves application of the Canadian Constitution, in which case, the decision is completely binding on the legislative branch.

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Opening hours

May - Aug:
Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Tours in English on the hour.

Sept - Apr:
Mon - Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
Guided tours are available by pre-arrangement only.

Reservations for the tours should be made in advance.



More information and contact


Official Website


Phone +1-613-995-4330

Address 301 Wellington Street, K1A 0J1, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Coordinates 45°25'19.048" N -75°42'19.9" E

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